Matthew Bates says it’s too early in the season to panic at Hartlepool United

Matthew Bates.
Matthew Bates.

Matthew Bates has issued orders of “don’t panic” as Hartlepool United look to end their losing run this Saturday against Cambridge United.

Pools have followed three League Two wins at the start of the season – four in all competitions – with four defeats on the bounce.

As the lads settle in and the gaffer finds his best team, there will be bigger and better things to come from us.

Throw in exits from the Capital One Cup and the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy and it has proven a miserable 22 day period.

But Pools are not down, especially after the way they performed at seventh-placed Exeter.

And Bates, one of the star performers at St James Park says there should be no sleepless nights.

“It’s too early to be thinking like that,” said the defender and midfielder.

“The time to be looking at the league table is 12-15 games.

“I know we’ve lost four matches on the bounce but it’s still early in the season.

“If we win (against Cambridge) we could easily get on another run.”

To the credit of the players and management, there was much to admire at Saturday’s display.

Tactically, Pools got it right, defending well against an in-form side while creating a number of opportunities.

Bates feels one win could transform the season.

“There were parts of the game we’ve played well against a team known for its passing,” added Bates.

“As the lads settle in and the gaffer finds his best team, there will be bigger and better things to come from us.

“We’re seven league games in, so it’s too early to be worried.

“A massive thing about this league is that you can as easily win four games on the trot as you can lose them.

“I’m sick of saying it, but it’s so true.

“There’s no other league like this - you just have to try to get some momentum going.

“We did it last season and, ultimately, it kept us up.

“We were down after the match, but we’ll keep our heads up and look to make amends on Saturday.”

With Carl Magnay suspended, Bates will continue in the midfield alongside Nicky Featherstone, who skippered the XI at Exeter, and Michael Woods.